1PW8: Ability to select one category from only 1 vault?

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With 1PW7 and earlier, I could select vaults displayed, which would remain in effect regardless of any tags and/or categories selected. This was very useful and significantly helped reduce clutter and increase efficiency.

With 1PW8 it appears I can no longer do this. I can either select a single vault then have all categories listed, or I can select a category and have all vaults listed. This is inefficient and non-intuitive. I am using categories and tags in the left pane, to be similar to the behavior in 1PW7.

Yes, if I select categories from the dropdown at the top of the item list it will filter on the selected vault. This is even more confusing as the behavior is different depending on how I select categories.

I absolutely hate the new design in 1PW8 and find it much more tedious and difficult to use so I am trying to return to the previous efficient and intuitive usage, unfortunately with great difficulty. It seems the focus was on trying to make 1PW8 "pretty" at the expense of efficiency and usability.

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  • ag_tommy
    edited March 3


    It sounds like collections would most fit your needs. Use collections to create custom groups of vaults

  • ag_tommy
    edited March 3

    Correct on the browser portion. This was posted in the Mac section. The two are companion apps. My recommendation would be to look at Quick Access. Which can use a collection. It can get confusing. I really hope we can see this in the browsers soon. I know I would love it, hands down. I'd be glad to ping the team and let them know this matters to you. This is one of the reasons I rely on Quick Access a lot now.

  • You can optionally set a vault from with 1Password in the browser. Right-click on the toolbar icon and select settings. From there in the accounts section you can remove vaults from view/use.

  • @Waterside

    Thank you again for sharing your feedback, as a long-time user we're always interested in hearing from you since your experience with 1Password helps us understand how we can further improve it for your needs.

    As you're likely aware, 1Password 7 included a view called "All Vaults" that users could modify to only include certain vaults and not others. In my opinion this wasn't intuitive at all and, over the years, I've spoken to countless users who were confused about what this option was or why we called it "All Vaults" when in reality it was a user-selected collection of vaults.

    Collections in 1Password 8 solve the problem by getting rid of the confusing "All Vaults" function and instead allow folks to create their own group of vaults, or even multiple groups of vaults. A collection allows you to organize your items into dedicated vaults for different purposes and then group them together to only see the vaults that you need at a particular time or for a particular task.

    For example, you can have a collection that only includes your work vaults and another collection that only includes your personal vaults. With 1Password 7 there was no easy way to switch between these two different groups of vaults, 1Password 8 gives users that functionality right from the sidebar. And 1Password 8 remembers which collection you had open last and will automatically select that collection the next time that you use the app.

    And, if you wish, you can create a collection that only contains one vault if there aren't any other vaults that you'd like to include.

    That being said, our developers are not done with 1Password 8 and they're working hard on further improvements and refinements. I've passed along your feedback that you'd like to see closer integration between 1Password for Mac and 1Password in the browser when it comes to selecting, and using, collections/vaults to the team. 🙂


    ref: PB-31433631

  • Dave_1P
    edited March 6


    1Password 8's sidebar allows you to "scope" the items that you see according to a certain selection such as a vault, tag, or category. You can't select more than one of these scopes as you can only select one option at a time from the sidebar.


    At the top of the centre column are sorting options that allow you to filter and organize what you already see in the centre column. So if you have a certain vault or tag selected in the sidebar you can further filter that list according to a specific category. Categories in the sidebar are disabled by default and, if it makes things less confusing, you can disable them again so that you only see the Categories menu above the centre column:

    1. Open and unlock 1Password for Mac.
    2. Click on 1Password next to the  in the menu bar.
    3. Click on Settings.
    4. Click on Appearance.
    5. Turn off "Categories".

    That being said, I understand your feedback and I've forwarded your comments to the team. 🙂


  • @Waterside

    I understand your feedback and I've passed it along to the product team. Thank you for sharing your experience with 1Password so that we can make the app easier and more intuitive to use in the future.


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